April 30, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 7-3, at No. 19 Louisville Wednesday evening at Jim Patterson Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 15-20 on the year while the Cardinals improve to 34-11.

The Cardinals took the lead off Ohio State starter Curtiss Irving in the bottom of the first. Sutton Whiting singled to right to lead off the inning before a stolen base and a wild pitch moved him to third with one down. Irving bounced back to strike out Danny Rosenbaum for the second out of the inning but Jeff Gardner took Irving deep to right-center for the 2-0 Louisville lead after an inning of play.

Louisville tacked on another in the bottom of the second when Colin Lyman doubled to left-center to lead off the inning, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Kyle Gibson to push the lead to 3-0.

The Cardinals added one more off Irving in the bottom of the fourth when Alex Chittenden led off the inning with a double to left, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Lyman and scored on a single to center by Gibson to give Louisville a 4-0 lead.

Louisville pushed the lead to 6-0 off Ohio State reliever Tyler Giannonatti in the bottom of the fifth when Cole Sturgeon reached on a leadoff single before back-to-back doubles by Rosenbaum and Gardner plated two more runs.

Louisville starter Drew Harrington tossed 4.0 scoreless innings to open the game before Brandon Alphin pitched 2.0 scoreless frames and Robert Strader pitched another before the Buckeyes got on the board against Zach Burdi in the top of the eighth. Craig Nennig reached on a leadoff walk before Tim Wetzel singled through the right side to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Burdi then uncorked a wild pitch to score Nennig and cut the lead to 6-1.

The Cardinals plated another run off Trace Dempsey in the bottom of the eighth. With one down, Whiting walked before Sturgeon drove him in with a double to left-center to make it a 7-1 game.

Ohio State got two back off closer Nick Burdi in the top of the ninth when Josh Dezse reached on an error and Troy Montgomery followed with a two-run shot to right but that’s as close as the Buckeyes would get as the Cardinals came away with the win.

Irving suffered the loss for the Buckeyes to fall to 0-1 on the year while Harrington picked up the win, moving to 2-0. Nennig paced Ohio State offensively, going 2-for-3 with a walk.

The Buckeyes hosts Iowa in a three-game Big Ten series starting Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

– Nennig picked up his fifth multi-hit game of the season.
– Montgomery notched his second home run of the year.